A few years ago, we started a series called Bullet Point Coffee Shop Reviews. At the time, Catherine was consoling herself with the loss of her “old Austin” favorites, Cafe Mundi and Little City, and she was on a mission to explore new-to-her places and provide you with a quick overview. As a service to you, our loyal readers, and because we are still looking for excuses to get out of the house, we are bringing these reviews back. If you have any suggestions, please let us know in the comments or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the places I love to go in the neighborhood where I grew up, Clarksville, is Caffé Medici. It’s the perfect neighborhood coffee shop, with people always outside, enjoying the sunshine on the front concrete tables, some with happy dogs in tow. So, I was curious to visit the newest Medici in town, which is located in the heart of the new Lamar Union development.
The Lamar Union has the new and improved Alamo Drafthouse and Highball, along with a Shake Shack, VOX Table, Cantine and a Daily Juice. The South Lamar location is the fourth Medici in town. In addition to the location on West Lynn and South Lamar, there are also coffee shops in the Austonian and on West Campus on Guadalupe. It took a few months after the Lamar Union Medici opened to make it down there. When I visited, there was still plenty of construction going on, which meant that I wouldn’t choose to sit outside. When construction is complete, it would probably be a great place to hang outside and people watch.
- Medici serves Cuvee Coffee and has some great latte art (see above).
- The South Lamar location serves beer, as well as coffee.
- The design is modern without being pretentious.
- The staff is super friendly.
- There are a few tables outside, which are shaded most of the day since Medici is right in the middle of the development.
- There is a wide range of snacks to choose from, including gluten-free baked treats from Blackbird Bakery.
- There is plenty of free parking in the garage adjacent to Medici.
- Locally owned by a mom and dad raising five kiddos in Austin!
- The interior of Medici isn’t huge, so tables can fill up quickly and there isn’t really room for bigger groups to meet.
- There aren’t many electrical outlets I could spot, so this isn’t a place you would probably stay for an extended period of time.
- Although parking was easy on my recent trip, I wonder how scarce parking will become in the future, when all the shops are open and the homes are occupied.
- Bad news: you would need to go elsewhere if you wanted something more substantial to eat. Good news: Shake Shack is right around the corner.
Check it out and let us know what you think. Where is your favorite coffee shop in the Austin area?
*Disclosure: LiveMom was not compensated to write this review. All food and beverage products consumed during this review were purchased by LiveMom.
1100 S. Lamar Blvd. #2125
If you like coffee, here are some other reviews in the series:
- Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery
- Dominican Joe Coffee Shop
- Flightpath Coffee House
- Epoch Coffee
- Monkey Nest Coffee
- Texas French Bread
- Corona Cafe
- Thunderbird Coffee
- Walton’s Fancy and Staple
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf